Free, Educational Classes (En Español)

For?      Family, Friends or other caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The more knowledge family members have about mental illness, the more they will be empowered to meet the many difficult challenges and to care for themselves in the process.
When? 12 weeks, usually in the Spring and Fall.
Instructors?       Each instructor is a family member who completes the training in the evidence-based NAMI national curriculum. The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact–you can experience compassion from people who understand your situation.
Lessons?      You will get up-to-date basic information about mental illnesses such as: mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder and other major mental illnesses.
Enroll?      Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested, please contact Ilya Cherkasoff at NAMI Massachusetts 617-580-8541.
Current Schedule?  See the NAMI Massachusetts webpage listing Family to Family classes.
Benefits? You’ll find you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope. You will learn:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively.
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family.
  • Taking care of yourself and managing stress.
  • Finding and using local supports and services.
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain.
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects.



Free, Educational Classes

For?      Parents or other caregivers of children and adolescents individuals ages 5 to 14 years who are experiencing emotional or behavioral issues.
Instructors?      Each instructor is a family member trained in the evidence-based NAMI National curriculum.
Lessons?     6 lessons, 2.5 hours each. You will learn about effective coping skills, problem solving, crisis management, and finding local resources – all based on information and insights from people who can relate on a personal level to those seeking knowledge and comfort.
Enroll?      Preregistration is required since space is limited. If you’re interested in taking a class, and none are available in your area, please contact Nancy Parker, director of children and adolescent Programs, NAMI Massachusetts, at 617-580-8541 or nparker@namimass.org
When?      See NAMI Massachusetts’ webpage with schedule of BASICS classes.  http://namimass.org/programs/nami-basics

ONLINE – NAMI Massachusetts

This website is filled with the most comprehensive listing of resources, education, support, and advocacy information. Go to www.namimass.org

ONLINE – NAMI National

This website has more resources from a national perspective including a library of descriptions of medical conditions.  Go to the www.nami.org/learn more section.